Andrew Wood and Donald Rumsfeld explain what Council knows but we don’t know

Despite the fact that Twitter is normally just a waste of time and effort infested inhabited by people with no knowledge yet many unfounded opinions it can on occasion be useful for finding information.

Honest. It’s true.

Cllr. Andrew Wood

Hopefully Twitter will soon go the way of myspace and we can all lead normal lives again but until then LW recommends Tower Hamlets residents follows the rather useful account of one @Andrewwood17 or Cllr. Andrew Wood (Conservative, Canary Wharf) as he is known in real life.

Because Andrew tweets really useful stuff. Information stuff. Trouble is a lot of this information stuff is rather important and should really be provided to us by Tower Hamlets council.

Boiling point

But it isn’t. Nobody knows why.

At last night’s council meeting Andrew’s irritation over this boiled over into a series of tweets which we reproduce below.

They cover such diverse topics as Novochok nerve agent in the borough, a new NHS phone service, closure of some Youth Centres over the summer, the Ofsted examination of the council’s Children’s Service, a consultation on electric vehicle charging points and the closure of Manchester Road (A1206) for roadworks.


Compare and contrast the information listed above by Cllr. Wood with the subject matter of the press releases sent to the LW News Room in the last few days.

  • Leading the way in tackling hate
  • Don’t let our future go to waste: waste, recycling and clean air summit to take place on 1 October
  • Anniversaries including the docking of Empire Windrush and end of WW1 central to Black History Month 2018
  • Local estate agent Sterling de Vere handed huge fine for avoiding landlord licence

Spot the difference?

Estate agent Sterling de Vere hit with large fine

Sterling De Vere office in Chrisp Street, Poplar

Of these four press releases our News Room only considers the news that local estate agent Sterling de Vere of Chrisp Street (right next to the DLR) has been hit with a £46,620 fine and costs of £7,000 in relation to an overcrowded property let with inadequate fire precautions and unheated rooms to be useful.

Which is why we stick to a policy of not regurgitating press releases.

Donald Rumsfeld explains why we didn’t know about this stuff

Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld

This leaves us all with the problem of knowing about stuff that we don’t know about. Former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld , explained this very clearly as follows:

“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

Thanks for that Don!

So thanks to Cllr.  Wood we now know what we did not know before, when we did not know about it because they (or it) were things (or just a thing) we did not know. If we had known about the things (or thing) we now know about but did not know about before they (or it) became known to us we would not now have to explain that we did not know about them (or it).

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